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Number of state employees making big bucks jumps 16%

Yeah, New York State might be facing the biggest budget deficit in its history, but that's no reason why it should affect the state work force.

Reports the Journal News:

The number of six-figure salaries on the public rolls grew to 23,685 workers in 2009, up 16 percent from 2008. It's the largest total in state history, and four times as high as it was in 2000, when 5,800 state workers made $100,000 or more.

The highest salaries are almost exclusively at the state's public colleges, universities and medical centers, according to the data provided by the state Comptroller's Office ...

Budget officials said a main reason for the higher salaries is the raises that then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer agreed to for union workers in 2007.

Great, just great.

If that's not enough, the Republicans in the state Senate have killed ethics reform, for the time being anyways, and speculation is running rampant that Gov. David A. Paterson may be on the verge of resigning.

Question: What comes next after you've jumped from the frying pan into the fire?


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